Work is child’s play for Margaret

Play ranger Margaret Carter is pictured at a play session in Newbiggin with sisters Jacklin and Katie Chisholm, who are aged four and six.

Play ranger Margaret Carter is pictured at a play session in Newbiggin with sisters Jacklin and Katie Chisholm, who are aged four and six.

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FINDING work was child’s play for a Morpeth woman, thanks to an employment programme.

Margaret Carter, 25, struggled to find work after completing a classroom assistants’ course and was referred to the Future Jobs Fund (FJF) after almost six months on benefits.

She was employed by Northumberland County Council’s Play Ranger Project, which was set up with funding from the Big Lottery Play Initiative Fund to deliver free outdoor natural play activities to youngsters.

Ms Carter was an instant hit and when her initial six-month placement came to an end, she was kept on to land her dream job.

“Working with the children, enabling them to have fun and helping to provide such a wonderful service was so rewarding so I was delighted when the council offered to keep me on when the programme finished,” she said.

“Every week is so different and we work with so many different age groups and kinds of children so I feel it is perfect for my interests and the qualifications I gained at college.”

Wansbeck Play Ranger Supervisor Heather Ashburner said: “Margaret has proved a major success with everyone involved in the Play Ranger Project, not least the children, so we were delighted to be able to see her continue with the initiative.”

The funding for the project ends in September, so staff are trying to find alternative sources for it to continue.